2019 Sugar Bowl
The 2019 Sugar Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2019. It was the 85th edition of the Sugar Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Allstate insurance company, the game was officially known as the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
|2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl|
|CFP New Year's Six|
85th Sugar Bowl
|Date||January 1, 2019|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|MVP||Sam Ehlinger (QB, Texas)|
|Favorite||Georgia by 11|
|Referee||Mike Mothershed (Pac-12)|
|Payout||US$40 million to each team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN and ESPN Radio|
|Announcers||ESPN: Sean McDonough (play-by-play)|
Todd Blackledge (analyst)
Holly Rowe (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
|Nielsen ratings||7.3 (13.30 million viewers)|
|International TV coverage|
|Announcers||Roberto Abramowitz, Jerry Olaya|
The Sugar Bowl matches the champions of the Big 12 Conference and Southeastern Conference (SEC), unless a champion team is selected for the College Football Playoff, in which case another team from the same conference is invited. Per that criteria, a matchup of Texas and Georgia was announced on December 2. The two programs had previously met four times, with Texas having won three times (including the 1949 Orange Bowl) and Georgia winning once (the 1984 Cotton Bowl Classic).
Texas lost the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game to Oklahoma, then became the Big 12 representative in the Sugar Bowl when Oklahoma was selected for the College Football Playoff. Texas entered the bowl with a 9–4 record (7–2 in conference).
Georgia lost the 2018 SEC Championship Game to Alabama, then became the SEC representative in the Sugar Bowl when Alabama was selected for the College Football Playoff. Georgia entered the bowl with an 11–2 record (7–1 in conference).
Texas defeated a heavily favored Georgia team 28-21. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was named the game MVP.
|No. 15 Longhorns||10||10||0||8||28|
|No. 5 Bulldogs||0||7||0||14||21|
|Time of possession||35:00||25:00|
|Texas||Passing||Sam Ehlinger||19/27, 169 yds|
|Rushing||Tre Watson||18 car, 91 yds|
|Receiving||Lil'Jordan Humphrey||7 rec, 67 yds|
|Georgia||Passing||Jake Fromm||20/34, 202 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Elijah Holyfield||12 car, 62 yds|
|Receiving||Riley Ridley||5 rec, 61 yds|
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